February 4, 2009

Odds n' Ends

A round up of zombie-related news hitting the web

  • Happy Birthday, George! George A. Romero - the father of the modern zombie - turns 69 today. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting George Romero (dir. Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Monkey Shines) while seeing him speak with Dario Argento at the 2007 Festival of Fear in Toronto. I also saw him later that same weekend during his interview at the Bloor Cinema when he unveiled footage from the then unscreened Diary of the Dead. He struck me as unwaveringly friendly and outgoing. Have a good one, George!
  • Speaking of Romero, it looks like zombie retail consumerism has reached a whole new level. On March 13, a Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Best Buy store will dress its employees up as zombies and turn part of its store into a haunted house for the launch of Resident Evil 5. I guess irony really is (un)dead. So, if you're in the area on March 13, drop by the store and get chased by a guy with a chainsaw. It's still better than going to Wal-Mart. [via kotaku]
  • While you're at the Best Buy spending away the recession, why not pick up an iPhone so you can play Trapped: Undead Infection. Trapped is a wireless game app for the iPhone or iPod, proving zombies are everywhere you wanna be, baby [via Gamezone]
  • Bruce McDonald's Pontypool, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival [TIFF] in 2008, has been picked up for distribution in the United States by IFC. This is good news: I saw Pontypool at TIFF and have been dying to see it again. Pontypool is about the spread of a zombie-like plague that travels through the English language. [via Dread Central]